TAMPA (March 8, 2017) – The USF softball team split its midweek doubleheader Wednesday night, topping Boston College, 6-4, in game one, before falling to Penn, 3-2.
Kassie Moeller led the way offensively for USF, going 4-for-6 at the plate with two runs and an RBI. Hannah Parker got the win against Boston College, throwing six innings and allowing just two runs, while striking out four.
GAME ONE: USF 6, BOSTON COLLEGE 4
Cassidy Boyle hit a three-run home run and the pitching staff held off Boston College to secure a 6-4 victory.
The team would go back-and-forth starting in the fourth inning, with the teams plating at least one run in each of the last six half-innings.
USF jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a ground-rule double from Bethaney Keen. Brooke Hartman doubled with one out, before scoring on Keen’s RBI double.
Boston College would immediately strike back, plating a run to tie the game on an RBI single. However, the Bulls would strike for a pair in the bottom of the fifth using a two-out rally.
With two outs, AnaMarie Bruni would triple on the first pitch she saw to put a runner 60 feet from home. Astin Donovan reached on an error, allowing Bruni to score. Donovan would come home on a Lauren Evans single, making it a 3-1 game.
The Eagles would make it a one-run game using a solo home run, but Boyle would hit her second of the season, a three-run shot, to give the Bulls a four-run lead.
Boston College would plate another pair in the seventh on a two-run homer, but Hannah Parker was able to retire the final three batters, giving USF the 6-4 victory.
GAME TWO: PENN 3, USF 2
Penn would get on the board in the first inning, utilizing a pair of hits and a USF error. The Quakers would plate two, before Susan Wysocki entered to pitch, retiring the first three batters she faced.
After being held hitless for the first two innings, Lindsey Devitt would get the Bulls on the board in the third. With two outs, Devitt turned on a 2-1 pitch, sending it over the wall in centerfield for her second home run of the year.
Penn would plate a third run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single but Kassie Moeller would hit her second home run of the season in the home half to put USF back within one.
USF would get the tying run in scoring position as Moeller doubled with two outs in the seventh, but the comeback would fall just short.
Next Up The Bulls will play six games over the weekend as part of the second weekend of the USF Series. The Under Armour Showcase will be played March 10-12, with Friday and Sunday games being played in Tampa. Saturday’s games will be played in Clearwater at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. USF returns 14 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.